The Rockford University football program is excited to announce the release of its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season. Overall the schedule appears to be favorable for the Regents with six of their ten games coming at home, including three straight to kickoff the season.
Seven Rockford University football players received postseason recognition from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on Monday morning when the NACC released its 2017 all-conference awards. Running back Chance Manning (Durand, Ill.), offensive lineman Austin Miller (Washington, Ill.), tight end Adam Ambrogio (Rockford, Ill.) and punter Alexis Guteirrez (Amboy, Ill.) were each First Team All-NACC selections, while offensive lineman Brandon Bothem (Roscoe, Ill.), defensive lineman Jacob Cremeens (Roscoe, Ill.) and defensive back Dylan Peterson (Reynolds, Ill.) received NACC Honorable Mention status. Rockford's four First Team All-NACC selections are the most in program history, and its seven overall selections are tied for the most in program history.
The Rockford University football team concluded its season with a 57-31 loss on the road to the 2017 NACC Champion Lakeland University Muskies (8-2, 6-0 NACC). Lakeland seized control of the game early on scoring on each of its first four possession to jump out to a commanding 30-0 lead in the second quarter. From that point forward though, the Regents outscored the Muskies 31-27, but it was not enough as Lakeland cruised to a 57-31 victory to secure its fourth straight NACC Championship.
The Rockford University football team stepped out of NACC play for the final time this season on Saturday as the Regents hosted the Kalamazoo College Hornets (1-8) of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The game was highly competitive and close throughout with the largest lead for either team coming at just seven points. Unfortunately it was the Hornets who ultimately came out on top with a 13-6 win.
The Rockford University football team lost a heartbreaker 26-20 on Saturday afternoon to the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons (2-6, 1-4 NACC). Saturday's game was a tale of two halves as the Regents thoroughly outplayed the Falcons in the first half as they held a decisive 141-9 advantage in rushing yards, but led just 14-7 at the break. The second half half belonged to the Falcons as CUW outscored Rockford 19-6 and forced a pair of Regent turnovers. The two second half turnovers proved to be costly as one came inside the CUW 10-yard line, and the other led directly to 7 Falcon points.
The Rockford University football team lost a heartbreaker on Saturday, 28-21 on the road to the Aurora University Spartans. Although the Regents came up short on the scoreboard, there were numerous positive takeaways from the game. Rockford threw for a season-high 220 yards, which was twice as many passing yards as Aurora. The Regents also possessed the ball for a season-high 33:57, while running a season-high 79 offensive plays. Both of those numbers dwarfed the Spartan's 26:03 of time of possession and 58 total plays. However the difference ultimately was Aurora's ability to create big plays and force turnovers. Rockford turned the ball over in Aurora's territory three times as well as turning the ball over on downs inside the Spartan 10-yard line.
The Rockford University football team used a dominant rushing attack on a rain soaked Saturday to earn a hard-fought 29-14 victory over Concordia University Chicago. The Regents racked up a season-high 343 rushing yards on 55 attempts for an impressive 6.2 yards per carry. It was the first time since the 2015 season that Rockford eclipsed 300 yards on the ground. With the win on Saturday, the Regents have now defeated the Cougars in two of their last three meetings.
The Rockford University football team hit the road on Saturday looking for its first NACC win of the season when the Regents paid a visit to the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors. The Regents and Warriors have met 18 times since both schools started football in 2000 with Wisconsin Lutheran leading the all-time series 15-3. Saturday's game was close for most of the day as neither team led by more than seven points until partway through the third quarter. Ultimately it was the Warriors' rushing attack that was the difference in the game, as Wisconsin Lutheran piled up 298 yards on the ground en route to a 41-20 victory.
The Regents received their first weekly award of the year late Monday night when freshman Alexis Guteirrez (Amboy, Ill.) was named Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week. Guteirrez becomes the first Regent to earn NACC Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week honors since the 2015 season.